Target: Yulia Denisenko
Goal: Release polar bears to accredited sanctuary instead of forcing them to live as a circus act.
News about the singing and dancing polar bears is all over the internet. They are dressed in muzzles and put in front of spectators and made to sing and dance and blow fire for entertainment. Activists have raged against this, but the trainers and owners of these bears, Yulia and Yuri Denisenko, claim that they have saved them and do not abuse them. According to the duo, they love the bears and treat them as their children. While this may be so, the fact that they must muzzle these bears to bring them before people is the first sign that they do not belong on the stage.
Permits must be obtained from the Russian government for expedition teams to collect polar bears stranded on ice or to rescue abandoned cubs. Rescuing them from starvation and heat is well and good. However, these bears should be moved to reservations or sanctuaries, not caged and trained. They are not pets, they are not companion animals and they are not dogs. Polar bears are wild animals, and they are dangerous. Should something go wrong at any time during these performances or outside of them, it could result in death. Then, of course, the bears would be put down. This situation is not fair to man or bear.
These animals aren’t commodities to entertain audiences. If Yulia and Yuri truly loved them as they claim, they would ensure that these polar bears have land and freedom, not a life in a cage or on a stage simply for the purpose to line the couple’s pockets. They deserve better than being made to flounce about for human enjoyment.
Sign and urge the couple to think of these bears’ well-bring. While they may love them, they should also respect their nature and ensure that they have a species-friendly habitat to live in, rather than a circus stage.
Dear Mrs. Denisenko,
There has been a big outcry for you to stop abusing the polar bears in your care, instead of making them sing and dance. While you may not consider it abuse to muzzle them and have them perform for profit, many do. This is, in all honesty, exploitation of the animals you claim to love. It is cruel, really, to have wild animals prance about for human enjoyment. They do not really understand why they must do this, and being drug about to arenas and stages is disorienting, even more when there are thousands of nameless faces watching and shouting and cheering. These performances are a danger to both the polar bears in your care, yourselves and those watching your show.
Imagine if one thing should go wrong just one time and someone is injured by the bear, then it will be put down. They are wild animals, and they belong in environments as close to wild as can be provided, be it a sanctuary or a reservation. You saved them from the ice, but don’t force them to live their lives degraded as objects of fascination and entertainment.
Please think of the polar bears you claim to love so much. Put their needs above your own desires. Find them a place where they can live as polar bears in a wildlife sanctuary, as they were meant to live, rather than live as someone’s entertainment.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Mirror News